In the Wine Aisle

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

2006 Banrock Station Chardonnay

Southeastern Australia, $6

Flavors: gently oaked peach, pear and citrus fruitiness with a crisp, refreshing finish

Alcohol: 13.5 percent

Pairs with: chicken, creamy pastas, seafood

Distributors: District and Maryland: Chesapeake Beverage, 800-762-0662; Virginia: Associated Distributors, 757-424-6300

2006 Domaine du Tariquet Sauvignon

France, $10

Flavors: light- to medium-bodied with refreshing grapefruit acidity and lingering minerality

Alcohol: 12.5 percent

Pairs with: fresh goat cheese (chevre), chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, turkey

Distributors: District: Washington Wholesale, 202-832-5600; Maryland: Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control, 240-777-1900, and Reliable Churchill, 410-439-5000; Virginia: Robin Cellars, 804-346-5060

2006 De Bortoli "dB Selection" Merlot

Australia, $9

Flavors: blackberries and raspberries, with notes of chocolate and vanilla

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